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Offered here with some consternation as we have had this impressive pair for years and would like them to stay together, but alas as we clear away some of our treasures it is time to offer this impressive pair a new home.  Acquired years ago framed together just as you see them here, are these approximately 2 1/8 X 3 1/2 inch tintypes both remaining in excellent condition with crisp focus and sharp contrast.   Best described by our illustrations we will only offer here that a classic 1870s era Peace Officer stands before the photographer’s camera well <I>got up</I> with felt hat, classic string tie, and brass button uniform components of vest, jacket and outer frock.  At his side is likely the more impressive of a pair who seem to belong together just as they were set in the period in the attractive double mat with gold wash frame.  Our impressive peace officer’s long time mate is an attractive <I>wasp waisted</I> lady offering up an impressive collection of arms to include a <B>revolver</B>, and <B> dagger</B> while brandishing the business portion of a <B>sword cane</B>.  A wonderful addition to any Americana collection in any number of collecting categories. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 A nice honest piece with appealing evidence of age and period use, this Springfield U. S. Model 1840 remains in excellent all original condition with an appealing deep chocolate natural age patina overall and that untouched but issued and used quality that is so hard to find today.  A Maine attic find of some years ago, this honest old .69 caliber smooth bore musket is complete with the exception of its ramrod (easily replaced if you wish) and remains otherwise  as issued with its nicely marked and 1841 dated SPRINGFIELD lock  The Mod. 1840 musket enjoyed a long run in the military with use in the Mexican War through the American Civil War.  The .69 caliber smooth-bore Mod.1840 was the last of the flintlocks and as such was found in considerable supply in both Northern and Southern armories at the outbreak of the Civil War.  (Conspiracy enthusiasts find it more than interesting that in the late days prior to secession, then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis was said to have caused the filling of Southern States arsenals with such <I>surplus </I> arms.)  With arsenal conversion to the percussion system, the old Mod. 1840 musket saw considerable service by both Union and Confederate troops remaining a common site on the battlefield through 1863 with many remaining in action for the duration of the Civil War.  (see: Coates & Thomas Civil War Small Arms) An all too scarce opportunity to acquire a good honest example of one of these U. S. Springfield made and converted Civil War Springfield muskets at a less than prohibitive price.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked </U>three  day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>


<U>A note about firearms:</U>   WE SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF MODERN FIREARMS AND EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE  RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED  FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  <U>PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH  THE ABOVE. </U>

 


<b>United States Congressman from Illinois


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1820-97) Admitted to the bar in 1841, he commenced practice in St. Charles, Illinois. Elected as U.S. Congressman in 1856, Farnsworth served to March 1861, and was described as a full blown "Lovejoy abolitionist." In September 1861, he recruited the 8th Illinois Cavalry and was commissioned their colonel. The regiment saw action under him during the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign. During the Antietam campaign, Farnsworth held brigade command in General Alfred Pleasanton's division. Promoted to brigadier general, November 29, 1862, he was with his brigade at Fredericksburg. In March 1863, he was re-elected to Congress, and resigned his military commission. He was re-elected successively and held his congressional seat until 1873. He aligned himself with the Radical Republicans and voted for every extreme Reconstruction measure put before congress including the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. Served as Chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads. His nephew was General Elon J. Farnsworth who was killed in action at Gettysburg.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 4 1/4, in ink, J.F. Farnsworth, St. Charles, Illinois.  Shown here with a quarter for size comparison, this attractive old late 1800s glazed tobacco pipe remains in all original as new and unsmoked condition with no chips, cracks or breaks.  Upon the closest inspection there is a desirable fine age crazing of the glaze as evidence of age and originality.  The bowel is decorated with raised fraternal symbols, <I>Love – Truth – Friendship</I> with the familiar Odd Fellows seeing eye, skull & cross bones, and chain links.  The shaft is impressed on one side with <I>SMOKE TALK PIPE</I> and on the other <I>GERMANY</I> and sports a wound string mouthpiece.  An attractive piece for the fraternal, tobacciana or 19th century personal item.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

c. 1870s Peace Officer & Well Armed Lady $425.00

 

Civil War era percussion conversion - U. $895.00

 

Autograph, General John F. Farnsworth $50.00

 

19th century Odd Fellows fraternal - SM $95.00




<b>Colonel 24th Missouri Infantry


United States Congressman from Missouri</b>


(1828-94) Born near Nashville, Tenn., he moved with his parents to Missouri in 1840 where they settled on a farm near Springfield. He was educated by private tutors and moved to California in 1849 where he prospected for gold and taught school. Returning to Missouri in 1854, he was clerk of the court of Greene County, 1854-56; he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1856, and commenced practice in Springfield. Served as mayor of Springfield in 1856. During the Civil War he raised the 24th Missouri Infantry in 1861 and served as their colonel until his election to Congress as an Unconditional Unionist, serving 1863-65. Appointed judge of the court of the fourteenth judicial district in 1865. Served as a member of the Republican National Committee, 1864-68. Was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864. He once again served in the U.S. Congress, 1869-71, and was the Chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary War Claims. Appointed Minister Resident and Consul General to Siam by President Harrison, serving 1890-92. 


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 4, in ink, Sempronius H. Boyd, Springfield, Mo.   A bit late for our usual fare but we couldn’t resist when we had the opportunity to acquire a small lot of these original caps for the old cast iron or <I>white-metal</I> cap guns us old-timers remember from our boyhood.  (These are modern times however so we must offer the appropriate caution that these caps are offered for display purposes only.)   Offered here as a <U>lot of 5 </U> red paper rolls, these neat old caps will lay in well with a single example or collection of those wonderful old toy <I>repeater</I> cap guns. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Some considerable time ago we were fortunate enough to acquire a small number of original pasteboard spools containing the most wonderful early polished satin ribbon.  This offering from that grouping is an all original un-used 10 yard spool of 1 3/8 inch wide ribbon. (If you would prefer more narrow 7/8 inch wide ribbon enter <B>3160</B> in our search feature.) An exceptional find for the textile collector or conservator who would appreciate such a rarity either for display or use in a restoration.   The spool is complete and as it was sold with a full complement of 10 yards of 1 3/8 inch wide polished satin ribbon wound with a paper liner as was the custom in the time and secured at the end by a small straight pin.  The ribbon is that rich chocolate brown that Civil War era collectors will appreciate.  The spool measures approximately 3 3/16 inches in diameter and will make a wonderful companion piece as is for any period sewing or textile grouping.   A classic process of the Victorian era ribbon maker was to stiffen the finely loomed satin with such as starch, shellac or bee wax.  The ribbon was then passed through pressurized and  polished hot rollers.  This process was called calendaring and produced a durable high metallic gloss on the ribbon.  (Likely more than you needed to know.)   A wonderful find for the Civil War era textile enthusiast !  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 


<b>Judge Advocate of the Union Army


Special Judge Advocate during the trial of the Lincoln Conspirators!


One of the managers in the President Andrew Johnson impeachment trial</b>


(1815-1900) Served as U.S. Congressman, 1855-63. He appointed George A. Custer as a cadet to the U.S. Military Academy. Appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Judge Advocate of the Union Army in 1864. He also served as Judge Advocate during the trial of the Lincoln Conspirators. Re-elected to the U.S. Congress, he served 1865-73. Served as one of the managers in the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson, and made the three day closing speech at the trial. Served as Minister to Japan, 1873-85.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 8 x 3, imprinted bank check filled out and signed in ink. M.R. Penn, General Merchandise, Means, Harrison Co., Ohio. Cadiz, O.[hio], Dec. 8, 1896. The Fourth National Bank. Pay to the order of Henry Kimball, $18.50. Jno. A. Bingham. Stamped Paid. Endorsed on the reverse. Light age toning and wear. Desirable Lincoln related signature.

Autograph, Sempronius H. Boyd $25.00

 

antique toy Cap Gun – CAPS (5 rolls) $22.00

 

Victorian era POLISHED SATIN RIBBON – or $45.00

 

Autograph, John A. Bingham $125.00




Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a zouave soldier holding a sword in one hand and the American flag in the other while standing on a C.S.A. 1st National flag on the ground.  Motto printed at top: "We Have Planted Our Standard And Are Prepared To Defend The Right." 5 3/8 x 3 1/8.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  


A National Historical Society Photographic Portrait of the Civil War. In Association With Civil War Times.  William C. Davis, Editor. William A. Frassanito, Photographic Consultant. Published by Blackdog & Levanthal Publishers, New York, 1997. Hardcover with dust jacket. Large 10 x 10 1/4 size. 647 pages, index, profusely illustrated. Excellent.


In this striking chronicle, the American Civil War comes to life through the lenses of such extraordinary photographers as Alexander Gardner, Timothy O'Sullivan, J.D. Edwards, J.W. Petty, A.J. Russell, Mathew Brady and his numerous assistants, and scores of others. Found in attics, old albums, on forgotten shelves in libraries and archives, the images of real faces and places in "Touched by Fire" reveal the underlying drama, tragedies, and pain of a war that split one nation in two. Essays by eminent Civil War scholars and the entertaining, informative captions accompanying each picture highlight the viewpoints of citizens and soldiers often neglected in history texts and illuminate in detail the nature of Civil War leadership and command, the spirit of the individual regiments, the role of the oft-forgotten navies on both sides, and the continental scope of the war and its impact on the land and on communities large and small.


"Touched by Fire" is at once a panoramic overview of the conflict and an album that focuses our attention on the personal, human aspects of a nation at war. Pictures of peaceful landscapes that would be transformed into battlefields, of humble churches and elegant plantations in the South that would soon vanish, remind us of the profound, far-reaching destruction of the war. Photographs of Shiloh, Chickamauga, Antietam- the bloodiest single day in American's entire military history- of Fredericksburg, Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg, and thousands of other lesser-known engagements, not only present graphic evidence of the realities of battle but highlight how the tactics used during the Civil War almost inevitably led to immense suffering and appalling death counts among the triumphant armies as well as the vanquished. Mighty battleships are seen side by side with hospital ships, the first ever built to care for the naval wounded. The faces of the two presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, and of their political allies, of the Blacks who went to war as soldiers, paid laborers, and servants, and of women who disguised themselves as fighters, served as nurses, and brought the comforts of home to desolate army camps, make it clear that the Civil War was unquestionably "everyone's war."


The story of the war is perhaps most starkly, and most poignantly, recorded in the hundreds of photographs of the men and boys- soldiers ranged in age from as young as thirteen to well over fifty- who offered their lives for the land they loved. Evocative portraits of the men charged with leading the troops- including Union officers Grant, McClellan, Burnside, Farragut, Custer, and Sherman, and, across the line, Lee, Beauregard, Longstreet, and Hood- are accompanied by concise and candid evaluations of their performances. From group photographs of the hundreds who enlisted in small towns throughout the country as the war began, to shots of newly trained regiments posing proudly with shiny new ceremonial swords or with antiquated weapons brought from home, to men shown crowded in the squalor of such notorious prisoner-of-war camps as Andersonville, to horrific depictions of the dead and dying stretching as far as the eye can see, "Touched by Fire" presents the fate of the common soldier in matchless, unforgettable images.


The result of an historic collaboration between the National Historical Society and Civil War Times, "Touched by Fire" offers an unprecedented view of the Civil War and brilliantly captures the emergence of photography as the truest and most authentic record of the passions and the horrors of war.



A magnificent and moving portrayal of America at war and of a generation "touched by fire."


1,200 rare black and white photographs, many reproduced from recently discovered original glass plate negatives.


Haunting scenes of tranquil encampments and of battlegrounds steeped in blood.


Portraits of the men in the ranks and of the men who led them.


A fascinating gallery of ships and seamen.


A revealing look at the industries that fed the war efforts, from railroads to weapon production.


Enlightening essays by some of today's foremost historians.      


4 1/4 x 6 5/8, imprint, 7 pages.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 9, 1863


General Orders

No. 212


I..The Invalid Corps will be organized in Companies of two classes of Battalions.


II..Those men enlisted in, or transferred to, the Invalid Corps, who are most efficient and able-bodied, capable of using the musket, performing guard duty, making light marches, &c, &c, will be assigned to Companies of the First Battalion. Those of a minor degree of physical efficiency, or who possess special qualifications as cooks, nurses, or clerks, and whose services are required in hospitals, will be assigned to Companies of the Second Battalion.


III..Companies of the First Battalion will be employed mainly as provost guards, and guards in cities, &c. They will be armed with muskets, and will not be liable to active campaigns with the field armies.


IV..Companies of the Second Battalion will be armed with side arms only, and will be employed in hospitals as cooks, nurses, clerks, orderlies, &c., and as guards to hospitals or other public buildings.


Much more informative content. Issued by order of the Secretary of War and signed in print by E.D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant General. Very fine.  


<b>Badly wounded during the battle of Perryville, Kentucky</b>


(1823-91) He was born at Florence, Alabama, graduated from the Jesuit College of St. Joseph's at Bardstown, Ky. in 1841, studied law, and started a practice in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and later moved his law office to Florence. He served as solicitor of the fourth judicial circuit of Alabama from 1851-57. He later became the editor of the Florence Gazette and strongly supported the 1860 presidential campaign of former U.S. Vice President and future Confederate General John C. Breckenridge. Upon the commencement of the War Between the States Wood entered the Confederate Army as captain of the "Florence Guards," and upon the organization of the 7th Alabama Infantry, was elected their colonel on May 18, 1861. He served with his regiment at Pensacola, Florida until February 1862, having been promoted to brigadier general on January 7th, and was ordered to take his command and join General Albert Sidney Johnston's army in Kentucky. After fighting bravely at Shiloh, he commanded a brigade of General Simon B. Buckner's division at the battle of Perryville, Ky., where he was severely wounded by an artillery shell fragment. He served in General Patrick Cleburne's division at the battles of Murfreesboro and Chickamauga. After the war he served in the Alabama legislature in 1882-83, was a member of the law faculty at the University of Alabama, and later served as attorney for the Alabama Great Southern Railroad. 


Antique, silver print photograph, 2 x 4. Half view wearing double breasted Confederate brigadier general's uniform coat with over the shoulder belt, rectangular belt plate, and the hilt and top portion of his sword visible. No imprint. Circa early 1900's print.

We Have Planted Our Standard $5.00

 

Touched by Fire $35.00

 

Order Concerning the Organization of the $15.00

 

Photograph, General Sterling A. M. Wood $25.00




<b>Signature With Rank as Commander of the Mississippi Marine Brigade</b>


(1820-95) Brother of the celebrated engineer Charles Ellet. In 1861, he served as a captain in the 59th Illinois Infantry. The following spring when his brother was ordered by the War Department to purchase vessels and convert them into rams, Alfred was commissioned lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to his brother Charles. They completed their fleet at Cincinnati and steamed down the river to Memphis, defeating the Confederate fleet there on June 6, 1862, and sinking or disabling eight of the nine enemy ironclads. Charles received a mortal wound here and Alfred took over the command. With the Monarch and the Lancaster he steamed up the Yazoo River and discovered and reported the presence of the Confederate ram Arkansas. Promoted to brigadier general to rank from November 1, 1862, he was assigned to the Department of the Mississippi and placed in command of the Marine Brigade in 1863. After running the Vicksburg batteries in March 1863, Ellet was engaged for some time in moving General U.S. Grant's troops to the east bank of the Mississippi. In retaliation for information furnished to the troops of CSA General Chalmer's command, he burned Austin, Miss.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 3 1/2 x 1, in ink, Alfred W. Ellet, Brig. Genl., Comdg. M.[ississippi] M.[arine] Brigade. Very fine.


 An attractive apothecary label for GARRIGUE’S VEGETABLE WORM CONFECTIONS, sold by E. B. Garrigue, Philadelphia.   Nicely printed on colorful blue stock so typical of the period, this 7 ¾" X 5 3/8’ uncut label extols the wondrous virtues of Mr. Garrigue’s little vegetable pills in ridding one of stomach worms.  A common affliction of the Civil War era and an especially frequent malady of the Southern camp where warm weather and flies took their toll from Yankee soldiers who’s systems and personal habits were not accustom to sustained heat and close living.  All original and in fine condition, this is a nice original item for the Civil War, medical, sutler or country store collector.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  A nice Civil War vintage crochet cotton, cut steel decorated misers purse.  Narrow in the middle and closed at both ends, miser's purses ranged in the course of their history from 8 to 10 inches long.  A knitted or crocheted <I>tube</I> with short slit in the narrow midsection to let the carrier drop coins or other small objects into either end of the tube.  The purse was closed by moving the rings, or sliders toward the ends, gathering the fabric snugly around the contents. The <I>toes</I>or ends were usually tasseled, one end was generally square the other rounded.  Frequently categorized by collectors as being exclusively for ladies use, the misers purse was an equally popular personal item of both sexes.  All in excellent original condition, we’d expect the considerable cut steal decoration on this example would more likely place it in the ladies us category. While the cut steal embellishment shows some rust as evidence of age and originality, this classic example remains solid and suitable for careful use or will fit well in any period accessory or personal item collection.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Our photos will do best to describe these nice Civil War era die-struck brass hat letters except to offer that they are completely original and in fine unissued condition with a mellow natural patina as evidence of age and originality.  The letters stand approximately 1 inch (illustrated with a quarter for size comparison) and sport original soldered on fastening wires.  Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired these letters several years ago now when we were fortunate enough to purchase a number of items brought home by a W. Stokes Kirk clerk when the Philadelphia based Civil War surplus dealer closed up shop in 1976.  Founded in 1874, W. Stokes Kirk, like Bannerman in New York, purchased large quantities of all manner of Civil War surplus at government auction. Seems like an impossibility today but seasoned collectors can remember the two outfits offering original Civil War material as late as the 1960s and early 1970s.  This small grouping of Co. insignia offers a now rare opportunity as we make the letters available here <U>individually priced</U>for the collector who would like a single example as a companion piece or more than one for display.  We have just a few each of letters <B>A</B> through <B>G</B> with <B>K</B> and <B>L</B>. Just indicate in your order which letter or letters you would like. (Use key word <B>letters</B> or <B>numerals</B> in our search to find other examples.)  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Autograph, General Alfred W. Ellet $100.00

 

Civil War era WORM CURE APOTHECARY LABEL $65.00

 

CIVIL WAR era LADIES MISER’S PURSE $95.00

 

original ! Civil War era enlisted Hardee $35.00

Measuring 4 3/4 inches in diameter, these turned fruitwood traveling candlesticks remain in original even seemingly unused condition.  Wonderful patina and a single fine age crack along the grain of one side offer good evidence of age and originality. (see illustration insert)   Commonly referred to as <I>donut</I> candlesticks by Civil War collectors and antique lighting enthusiasts, the vast majority of surviving examples of the type are of spun brass though finely turned wood examples such as offered here are known to have seen use from the period of the American colonial and Revolutionary War period through the Civil War era.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  


4 x 6 5/8.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 23, 1863


General Orders

No. 226


The County of St. Mary's, Md., is detached from the Middle Department, and will form a separate Military District. Brigadier General G. Marston is assigned to the command of St. Mary's District; Headquarters at Point Lookout.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning. Very fine.


Trivia: St. Mary's County is where Francis Scott Key, the author of a poem which became The Star Spangled Banner, grew up.


Over 600 African Americans from St. Mary's County served in the Union Army during the Civil War; two were awarded the Medal of Honor.


 <b>For Exchange of Prisoners After Being Wounded at Gettysburg</b>


4 x 6 5/8, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 23, 1863


General Orders

No. 227


Brigadier General S.A. Meredith will repair to Fort Monroe and relieve Lieutenant Colonel Ludlow of the duties of Agent for exchange of prisoners. After turning over to General Meredith all papers connected with his office, Lieutenant Colonel Ludlow will report to the Adjutant General of the Army.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning. Very fine and desirable. 


General Meredith had been wounded less than 3 weeks earlier at Gettysburg and was being sent to Fort Monroe, Va. on prisoner exchange duty while he convalesced from his wound.




<b><u>General Solomon A. Meredith</u>


Commander of the famous Iron Brigade</b>


(1810-75) Served as sheriff of Wayne County, Indiana and was later elected to four terms in the state legislature. In 1849, he was appointed U.S. Marshal for the district of Indiana. Meredith had a most distinguished Civil War career, first being elected colonel of the 19th Indiana Infantry. In 1862, he saw action in the second battle of Bull Run where he was severely wounded. He was promoted to brigadier general on Oct. 6, 1862. At the battle of Chancellorsville, his brigade of one Michigan, two Indiana, and three Wisconsin regiments, known as the "Iron Brigade," fought in Gen. John F. Reynold's 1st Corps. Meredith's and Cutler's brigades opened the infantry fighting at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, and he was wounded again and knocked out of action until November of that year. In early 1864 he was assigned to command the post at Cairo, Illinois, and in September of that year to the post at Paducah, Kentucky.

 


<b>War Date Endorsement Signed</b>


(1822-1905) Graduated from West Point in 1842 and fought in the Mexican War. At the battle of Cerro Gordo he was so severely wounded that he was left for dead until picked up by a burial detail 36 hours later. On October 2, 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 1st Minnesota Infantry, which he commanded at the battle of Balls Bluff, Va. In the spring of 1862, now a brigadier general, he commanded a brigade in the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. At the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, he was very severely wounded which left him incapacitated for several months. Promoted to major general to rank from November 29, 1862, he successively commanded the defenses of Philadelphia, the operations at Brazos Santiago Pass on the Texas Gulf Coast, the 13th Corps, and various districts along the Mississippi River. In December 1864, he was given command of the Department of the Mississippi, which he held until the end of the war.


<u>War Date Endorsement Signed</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2, in ink, Head Quarters U.S. Forces, Matagorda Bay, Feb. 2, 1864. Approved, other articles will be disposed of as recommended in this report. N.J.T. Dana, Maj. Genl. Light age toning.

antique turned fruitwood TRAVELING CANDL $225.00

 

General Marston Assigned to Command $15.00

 

General Solomon A. Meredith is Ordered t $35.00

 

Autograph, General Napoleon J. T. Dana $125.00

An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept 15, 1862, w front page 7 x 7" Map "The Seat of War in Maryland" , Hagerstown, Sharpsburg, South Mountain, w headlines "Good News from Frederick", "Retreat of the Rebels", "US Troops occupy Frederick", Also The Battle at Harpers Ferry, Jackson at Chambersburg, Defense of Fort Ridgely, Minnesota, Battle of Mumfordsville, Kentucky, Philadelphia  Corn Exchange recruiting ad etc. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts  and unusually fine cover illustrations seldom seen in other major newspapers of the era. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge repairs, cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

 An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, June 14, 1862, w detailed front page Map of "Richmond the Rebel Capital and its Surroundings" incl Gaines Mills & Coal Harbor, Williamsburg road, White Oak Swamp,  14 x 11", War news incl  Battle  of Cross Keys w casualty List, 81st Pennsylvania news, The Occupation of James Island. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts and unusually fine cover illustrations seldom seen in other major newspapers of the era. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

  Confederate Forts Walker & Beauregard defended Port Royal Sound, Hilton Head & Beaufort South Carolina during the Civil War.  An original Nov 15, 1861 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, with front page maps of Fort Walker & Fort Beauregard & headline news of the Battle at Port Royal, w details of Captain John Rodgers Union Navy capture of the forts, names of casualties etc, also schematic diagram of the positions of the Union Fleet during the Battle, Confederate Accounts of the Battle, reaction to the loss of Beaufort, etc. 8pp. Complete issue, Disbound, VG.

     Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

 An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan 2, 1862, w front page a full page map  "The Siege of Yorktown"  incl Williamsburg & Yorktown, Big Bethel incl small illus of Professor Lowes Balloon,  Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Portsmouth, etc, in cl sites of rebel rifle pits, forts, etc, w 8pp of War news incl latest from Yorktown, also Beaufort, NC & Siege of Fort Macon, Bombardment of Fort Jackson, Louisiana, etc. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

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I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

ANTIETAM MARYLAND CIVIL WAR MAP ILLUS N $85.00

 

RICHMOND VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR 1862 SIEGE M $85.00

 

SOUTH CAROLINA CIVIL WAR PORT ROYAL & B $85.00

 

YORKTOWN VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR SIEGE ILLUS $85.00

An original complete 8pp Civil War  newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer  October 4, 1862  with a nice 7 x 10" front page map titled "Seat of War in Virginia and Maryland" showing the battle sites from Hagerstown & Sharpsburg to Harpers Ferry with the latest from the Battlefield at Antietam, Maryland- President Lincoln's Review of the  Army at Antietam & details of his vist to Harpers Ferry, Battle Report minors Hill & Bolivar Heights, Lincoln's First Emancipation Proclamation, etc. VG, disbound with small edge cuts. The Inquirer was one of the few Civil War papers that routinely showed fine front page illustrations of War events and these illus issues are suitable for framing.

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 An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb 20, 1862, w 8 x 7" front page map of "Columbus And Its Vicinity " showing  Columbus, Kentucky & Belmont, Missouri, incl the Confederate defenses & water batteries.  The 8pp complete issue announces Columbus has been evacuated, w details of the town defenses, and  headlines the Union Capture of Fort Donelson, Tennessee w details of the assault, gun boat attacks, Commodore Foote, Navy casualties, Capture of General Price, etc. The map shows exc detail of the Confederate batteries and defenses, now part of Columbus-Belmont State Park. Edge cuts, disb, Overall VG.

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 An original group of 97 brass artillery coat buttons captured from the Spanish in 1898- I obtained these non-dug buttons years ago from Bannerman's Arsenal. Francis Bannerman purchased the captured Spanish Army ordnance and uniforms, insignia, etc from the US government circa 1900. The handsome 2pc brass coat buttons w crossed cannon, cannon balls and the crown of Castile.  The brass buttons  have silvered iron backs and copper button hooks. The buttons bear Barcelona and Paris maker  backmarks.  All are Good to Exc condition, a few with minor  rust spots on reverse only. The group.


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 US Navy Lieutenant Frank K Hill was an officer on the Cruiser USS Brooklyn during the Battle of Santiago Bay, Cuba 1898. An original signed chestview photo of Lt Hill wearing his campaign medals including the USS Brooklyn Medal given by the Citizens of Brooklyn, and also the Battle of Santiago Bay WT Sampson Medal. The 8 x 10" sepia tone photo is ink signed on the lower margin "With Love F. K Hill".  Reverse w a circa 1898 "War Department" imprint. Age dark at margins, Overall Exc.


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CIVIL WAR MAP ILLUS NEWS LINCOLN VISITS $85.00

 

FORT DONELSON BELMONT & COLUMBUS CIVIL $85.00

 

CAPTURED MILITARY BUTTON GROUP CUBA PHIL $125.00

 

SIGNED PHOTO BATTLE OF SANTIAGO BAY CUBA $135.00

An original India Proof Engraving of Illinois General John Logan, winner of the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Vicksburg; Logan was a brilliant combat commander, from Belmont & Fort Donelson, to Resaca, Dallas & Atlanta. One of only 100 copies made, publ by Vertue & Yorston, NYC, 1865, at the Civil War's End. 16 x 12" waistview. This Series was unmarked, & I will provide copy of the gallery fronts-piece. This is not  one of the small bookplate images often encountered. Edge wear, age spots, Overall VG.

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 An original pair of binoculars, typical Civil War era constructed brass tubes with , black enamel finish, tubes nicely etched  "US Signal Glass Day & Night" The eyepieces  bear the makers marks "Chevalier Opticien Paris". extends to 7"'. The leather covers are gone. They are very similar to a pair identified to Medal of Honor awardee Lt Daniel Davis Wheeler, 4th Vermont Volunteers,  on exhibit at the Chancellorsville Battl;efield Museum, Virginia. The optics & mechanism are VG overall.

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 General Truman Seymour commanded the Florida Expedition of February, 1864, resulting in the Capture of Jacksonville and Battle of Olustee where the Union Forces were defeated in one of the heaviest fought battles of the war. An original order issued by General Seymour at his HQ, "Hilton Head, Pulaski, Tybee and St Helena Islands", Hilton Head, SC. Jan 30, 1864 ordering his command to drill with marching gear  "to  assure steady marching under fire".   This Order was issued for Seymour's Florida Campaign and 3 weeks later resulted in the decisive Battle of Olustee. 2pp 8 x 5" ptd. Edge wear & age stains, folds, 2 punch holes in left margin, Overall VG.

General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army. Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops. 

General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; at the end of a year the  regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼" red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression "government red tape"). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers.

Usually, American Military Orders of the 19th century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5" sheet of quality rag paper.

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 Union General Thomas Crittenden of Russellville, Kentucky and General Alexander McCook of Columbiana, Ohio  were blamed for the Union defeat at Chicamauga, Georgia, 1863 and courtmartialed but exonerated. An original War Dept Order, Washington, DC, Sept 28, 1863, issued days after the Battle of Chickamauga  ordering a Court of Inquiry into the conduct of General Crittenden & General McCook  in the Battles of Sept 18 & 19 and relieving them from duty w the Army of the Cumberland. 1p 8 x 5" ptd.  Edge wear, stains, 2 punch holes in left margin, Overall VG.

General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army. Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops. 

General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; at the end of a year the  regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼" red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression "government red tape"). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers.

Usually, American Military Orders of the 19th century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5" sheet of quality rag paper.

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GENERAL JOHN LOGAN ENGRAVED CIVIL WAR PO $95.00

 

CIVIL WAR US SIGNAL CORP GLASSES $225.00

 

BATTLE OF OLUSTEE FLORIDA CIVIL WAR CAMP $150.00

 

CIVIL WAR TENNESSEE BATTLE OF CHICKAMAU $225.00

Frank Tousey's Five Cent Wide Awake Library was published in New York and Tousey was the first to publish stories of the Jesse James Gang in this dime novel style format.

The first James Boys Adventure appeared in 1881. An original May 24, 1882. issue of the Five Cent Wide Awake Librarty titled "The James Boys in Mexico, Publication No 490 (the 10th issue in the James Boys Series) The 16pp magazine is approx 8 x 11.5" with large cover illus of the James Boys shooting a Mexican bandit, illus by DW Stevens. The back page  lists the Library Publications incl the James Boys Series. Age stains, edge tears, margin chips, chips, complete and Overall Good.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War.  An original, complete issue of the Harpers Weekly news Oct 10, 1863 issue, with a  full cover illus of "Major-General George H Thomas, USA, the Hero of Chickamauga- Photographed by Brady". The 12pp issue includes War news and illustrations of the Union Artillery at Black Island, Siege of Charleston & a fine double sheet illus of the Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac by Thomas Nast, also the classic "Sharpshooter" image by Alfred Waud, 14pp, small archival repairs on edges, overall VG. Harpers Weekly,  the leading Civil War news journal  w illus of leaders, battle scenes, reports by war correspondents,  maps,  etc. The issues are typically 12-14pp, disbound, complete, w small edge tears, age spots & VG condition except as noted.

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 A striking carved wood bas relief of a scene showing medieval knights jousting in a tournament. The beautifully carved 41 x 18" single piece of pine wood is beautifully carved  and the knights, their steeds and the soldiers show wonderful 3  dimension relief. I believe this was carved in Europe, possibly mid 19th century during the upsurge of interest in knight errant generated by the novels of Sir Walter Scott. The overall size approx 41 x 18 x 3.5 inches. The figures and background retain much of their original paint. The figures have cracks and a few are are missing their feet or lower limbs. The bas relief has a lengthwise crack recently repaired with steel straps on the reverse. Shipping Wt 28 pounds, UPS Shipping Only.

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 The Military Order of the Loyal Legion, known as MOLLUS was formed at the End of the War by Civil War officers and included many of the leading Commanders. An original group of 9 Reunion items for the Minnesota Commandery of MOLLUS, 1892-1897  incl 2 multipage  Registers of Minnesota members, 4 Reunion Programs including the Program & Dinner Menu, and 3  Programs for  Loyal legion Dinners for Abraham Lincoln's Birthday Anniversary.  All approx 7 x 5", all complete, some w color illus covers, all disbound w edge cuts, age stains, wear. The group of 9 items

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THE JAMES BOYS WIDE AWAKE LIBRARY 1882 P $250.00

 

GENERAL GEORGE THOMAS ILLUS HARPERS WEEK $85.00

 

KNIGHTS TOURNAMENT JOUSTING 19TH CENTUR $2500.00

 

MINNESOTA CIVIL WAR VETERAN OFFICER MOLL $95.00

An attractive item for the country store or writing instrument enthusiast, this original circa 1840 broadside is printed on one side for posting and measures 10 ¼ X 6 ¾ inches promoting Boston Apothecary and Chemist, Thomas Hollis’s (see Mexican War through Civil War era Boston Business Directories) <B><I>BLACK WRITING INK for steel or quill pens</B></I>   Remaining in excellent original condition with no rips tears or repairs, there is some age staining that could be easily removed by proper restoration methods but we would leave the piece as is.  With lots of eye appeal and a good size for display, this scarce old advertising broadside will set in well in any number of period collectable categories.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Gleaned from a country sale some years ago when they came out of attic trunk storage carefully tied together just as they remain today, we were impressed enough with the prophetic inscription penned on the back of <I>Little Freddy’s </I> image to keep the pair together as they had been for decades.  Faded with age but still clearly legible is <I>’My Darling little Freddy - From his Father in camp at Poolsvill -Sargent 10th Mass Battery - In the great Rebellion of 1862 and 1863 to his Mother - Croline Gwell’ </I> on the back of this image of <I>Little Frederick</I>.  Set aside years ago as a <I>some-day</I> research project the little group just came out of our own storage accumulation.  Now with the benefit of the internet and some helpful data base access, we were able to take advantage of what fragments the inscription provided to complete the story with only a few key strokes.  Asa L. Gowell, the <U>only</U> Gowell in the 10th Mass. Battery, was a 27 year old Boston teamster when, in the summer of 1862, he mustered in as a member of the <B>10th Massachusetts Light Artillery</B>   Assigned to the defenses of Washington in the fall of 1862, the 10th Battery with its six 3 inch Rodman guns, started for <I>Poolesviille</I>, Md. and winter camp the day after Christmas.   

Gowell  remained with his unit throughout the Civil War mustering out with the Battery back in Boston on June 9, 1865.  During his tenure with the 10th the hard fought battery saw action at such as Mine Run. Brandy Station, Battles of the Wilderness, Deep Bottom, Ream’s Station Hatcher’s Run, Petersburg, Sailor’s Creek, Appomattox C. H. and many more.  Born in Litchfield, Maine, Asa and Caroline were married in 1858.  When he went off to war <I>Little Freddy</I> (Fredrick  Meriam Gowell )was their second of two children.  At the time of his passing in 1902 Asa Gowell  had been an active member of G.A.R. Post # 200 in Jamaica Plain, Mass.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 <b>of the High Commanders of the Confederate States of America</b>


Featuring the Michael Reese II Collection of Confederate Generals' Autographs. Compiled by Robert J. Raynor. Edited by Ethan Raynor and Ryan Raynor. Raynor's Inventory Management Services Publication, Burlington, N.C., 2007. Hard cover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, with dust jacket, 260 pages, profusely illustrated and full of information, index. Brand new condition. 


"No other work offers to the collecting and research communities, from neophyte to advanced collector, a more convenient, simplified and easier to use reference to all 427 officers elevated to the rank of "general" in the army of the Southern Confederacy. Bob Raynor has made available, veritably at one's fingertips, the instant identifications of them and their autograph signatures, along with a teeming myriad of Confederate political personages who played influential roles in leading their respective states to secede from the Union in 1860-61. Many of those names possess historic interest, and consequently value, that might otherwise go unrecognized except by the most astute, experienced collector, and hence, open entirely new horizons for collecting!" Norm Flayderman, author of Flayderman's Guide to Antique Firearms, and The Bowie Knife; Unsheating an American Legend and others. 


"A single convenient volume that provides access to verified signatures for every Confederate general! What an invaluable tool for collectors and historians." Robert Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain and Civil War Weather in Virginia.


"A crucial guide for Civil War history collectors. In an age of information overload, it is very helpful to find this comprehensive collection of autograph exemplars and checklists of generals. This Compendium organizes for easy reference the key names of the men who formed and fought for the Confederate States of America," Seth Kaller, President of Seth Kaller, Inc., a leading collections builder and dealer in historic documents and artifacts.


"Raynor's Compendium is an absolute must for any Civil War collector, scholar and enthusiast. It is not only a collector's guide to Confederate material but a useful reference packed with information." James J. Holmberg, The Filson Historical Society.  All original and period with absolutely no condition issues is this carved horn toothpick and ear spoon.   Rendered in the form of what we will call <I>the happy monk</I> we have laid a quarter in with our friend for size comparison and will, for obvious reasons, let the illustrations of our little friend provide the description.  An unusual comic utility of the late 1700s through early 1800, someone will love this unusual form of an otherwise common personal hygiene instrument.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

original c. 1840 – HOLLIS BLACK INK / Fo $95.00

 

Pvt. Asa L. Gowell-10th Mass. Battery Mo $245.00

 

Raynor's Compendium of Autographs & Biog $45.00

 

late 18th early 19th century comic HORN $125.00

A must have for the complete Victorian era writing kit or desk, few remain complete with the elusive paper mache  

travel case.  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this all original example is bone mounted with that pleasing soft age patina that comes to bone with period handling.  The blade is marked <B>ROGERS CUTLERS TO HER MAJESTY</B>.  A remains solid and in nice condition with the charm of age, period use and originality.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

 Acquired from among a number of 19th century apothecary instruments and equipment, this antique blown hour glass stands approximately 7 ¾ inches and  remains in perfect original condition with no chips, cracks, or stains.  An essential of any well-equipped 18th and early through mid 19th century apothecary, this classic early time piece will set in nicely with earlier through Civil War era medical or scientific material.  Original, period examples like this one are extremely difficult to come by. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1818-79) Graduated in the West Point class of 1838. He served during the Mexican War as aide-de-camp to General William J. Worth. He fought the Seminoles in Florida and helped pacify the warring factions in Kansas. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Barry served first in the defense of Fort Pickens, Florida. Ordered north, he then served as chief of artillery to General Irvin McDowell at 1st Bull Run and held the same position under General George B. McClellan. Appointed brigadier general on August 20, 1861, he took an active part in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and was later chief of artillery of the huge defense system which encircled Washington, D.C. In 1864, he was assigned as chief of artillery on the staff of General William T. Sherman participating in all the actions of the Atlanta campaign, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign which terminated in the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 2 1/2 x 1 1/4, in ink, William F. Barry, Brig. Genl., Inspt. of Art. Light staining.  Acquired several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collections of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord, this just post Civil War militia piece was noted by Lord as a waist belt plate of the <B><I>HOUSUM ZOUAVES</I></B> worn by  <I>John C. Gerbig</I>.  (Will come with our letter to preserve its origin.)  A quick google search found John C. Gerbig and the Housum Zouaves in the 1902 Pennsylvania Adjutant General Report where the following is offered on page 421:

      

<I><B>Capt. John C. Gerbig</B> He was a private in Chambers Artillery, April 1860.  Pvt. Co. A 2nd Penn. Vol. Inf. three months service, 1861.  Quartermaster Sgt. under Capt. P. L. Pearse, Co. A, 2nd Maine Infantry to 1864.  Sergeant, <B>Housum Zouaves</B> August 13, 1868.  2nd  Lt. Co. C 8th Regt. Infantry, Oct. 6, 1882. 1st Lt. Aug. 2, 1883, honorably discharged June 19, 1884.</I>  


A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis had an abiding interest in all manner of 19th century military equipage.  His primary interest was in Civil War however and led to his widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference, <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Victorian INK SCRAPER $40.00

 

antique HOUR GLASS $225.00

 

Autograph, General William F. Barry $75.00

 

Francis Lord collection- post Civil War $175.00

This antique salesman’s sample is a scaled down working, demonstration model of the full scale, <I>hand crank</I>,  cloths wringer by the American Wringer Company of New York.  [Seldon A. Bailey invented the mechanical clothes wringer in 1859  and began producing the wringers on a small scale in 1860 as the <B>American Wringer Co.</B>.  The company prospered for years until the powered washing machine became widely available.]  Fashioned of wood with tinned cast iron components and rubber rollers, the body of the wringer (minus the crank) is 5 ¾ inches wide.   This miniature remains in nice all original condition.  A really neat little collectable, this wringer will come with a copy of a wringer advertisement taken from a Civil War era <I>Leslies</I>.     As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !



 Measuring 7 1/8 inches square when completed this six piece pasteboard <B>SCOTCH</B> puzzle remains in eye appealing condition with bright color yet with good evidence of age and originality.  An attractive display item illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison. <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !   Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison our photographs will likely do best to describe this outstanding old clay pipe except to advise that after decades of attic trunk storage it remains in excellent un-smoked condition yet shows good evidence of age and originality.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !         Measuring approximately 3 X 7 ¼ inches and remaining in nice all original condition with no rips, tears or repairs, this 1864 presidential ballot for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson was printed for use in the field in voting for the Lincoln / Johnson ticket under newly established absentee voting provisions.  With no federal statute addressing absentee voting, each state determined their own process for its soldiers' to vote.  California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin establishing absentee voting procedures. Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, and Rhode Island, did not pass legislation allowing soldiers to vote in the field.  The Ohio ticket offered here reflects that state’s process of balloting by home county. A nice piece of political Americana.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

working model - Salesman’s Sample CLOTHE $195.00

 

19th century word & picture PUZZLE $40.00

 

19th century occupational Clay Pipe $55.00

 

original - 1864 Abraham Lincoln PRESIDEN $165.00




(1827-80) Born at Augusta, Ga., he graduated from Yale in 1845, having studied law. He then worked in the newspaper business in Baltimore, and gave up journalism in 1848 to become a civil engineer associated with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. He then moved on to the Blue Ridge Railroad in 1855, working in Georgia and South Carolina until the commencement of the War Between the States when he enlisted as a private in the Fort Hill Guards of South Carolina. Soon afterwards he was  appointed chief engineer of General John B. Magruder at Yorktown, Va. In October 1862, he was commissioned major of artillery, and placed in command of the Nitre Corps. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, and then colonel in 1863, he rendered very valuable service in producing desperately needed ordnance supplies for the Confederate Army. He was promoted to brigadier general, and commissary general, on February 16, 1865. Paroled at Thomasville, Ga., he returned to his profession of civil engineering and was associated with various railroads, and served as chief engineer for two years with the city of Louisville, Ky. At the time of his death he was in charge of the mining and engineering department of the Chesapeake & Ohio R.R. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va. where many of his Confederate brothers in arms rest.


Antique photograph, 2 1/2 x 3 7/8, view in Confederate uniform. Circa 1800's post Civil War print.


  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, our photographs will likely do best to describe this nice all untouched and original patent 1853 marked pushup candlestick.  Fashioned from tinned sheet iron this candlestick offers good evidence of age and originality yet remains in pleasing condition.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


 H 18in. x D 14in.

WILL MOUNT UP OR DOWN  Measuring approximately 5 ½ X 4 1/8 inches this small preprinted and hand completed receipt confirms the extensive utilization of slave labor on <B><I>fortifications at and near the City</I></B> as Richmond prepared for the Seven Days Battles that would soon swirl around the Capitol City. The slave <I>Booker</I> was provided by <I>Anne Belle Leftwich</I>, child bride of [destined to be Colonel] <I>Alexander Hamilton Leftwich</I> who would serve in Co. B <B>VMI Corps of Cadets</B> at the <I><B>Battle of Newmarket</I></B>.  Ordered by regular Confederate Engineer, <B>Lt. Col. W. H. Stevens</B> who was responsible for Richmond’s fortifications. He was promoted to Brig. General in August 1864 and is said to have been the last man to cross the Mayo Bridge the night Richmond was evacuated.  All original and in pleasing condition with no rips, tears or repairs.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Photograph, General Isaac M. St. John $10.00

 

Patent 1853 ‘PUSH-UP’ CANDLESTICK $120.00

 

CLASSIC LIGHT FIXTURE $550.00

 

rare! 1862 Slave Labor Receipt for: FORT $435.00

H 64in. x W 27in.  H 20in. x W 26in.

TWO AVAILABLE..PRICE PER UNIT  This nice original earlier to mid 19th century W. Smith & Son sail makers needle packet still contains 9 period needles in a variety of stout sizes.  A neat item for the Civil War era and collector, these heavy, hand cut needles will clean up nicely however they are offered here just as they came to us after decades of storage and likely just as they were carried in an original W. Smith & Son needle case. A necessary utility to the soldier in the field for repair of shelter half, Sibly tent, or leather accoutrement, these heavy steel needles were a staple among entrepreneurial soldiers and sailors who considered them a primary tool as they cut fanciful scrimshaw decorations in beef, whale bone or ivory for trade, sale or to send back home.  A nice original and as found period personal item. (If you would like a single example  of a slightly smaller #12 needle use the search word <B>needle</B> see our Item # 900 ) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !   A fine condition early design <I>Goodyear’s Patent</I> antique hard rubber cup <U>complete</U>and in its original blue lacquered tin travel case.  The case lid is embossed <B>INDIA RUBBER – TELESCOPING TUMBLER – MADE BY – THE INDIA RUBBER – COMB C</B>.  The original case remains in pleasing condition and retains a good amount of its period blue finish.  Difficult to find as they frequently lost a section and were cast aside in the period, this design pre dated the Niles Patent 1860 cup which added a base flange to prevent separation and a cover to make the cup self-contained. (see: <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner )  A nice item for the Civil War <I>smalls</I>, personal item or hard rubber collector.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

VINTAGE CRYSTAL CHANDELIER $3400.00

 

DECO PENDANT LIGHTS $1800.00

 

Civil War era SAIL MAKERS NEEDLE PACKET $95.00

 

early India Rubber TELESCOPING CUP with $175.00

Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison is a post Civil War veteran’s <B>7th Army Corps</B> badge.  Of interest to the collector and preserved in our accompanying letter will be the fact that we acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This nice stained bone mounted, two tine fork and matching knife will be best described by our photographs.  All in nice original condition with no cracks in the classic green stained bone, this later 18th century / early 19th century will make an attractive companion set laid in a Revolutionary War era haversack or with a period mess grouping .  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


 


<b>Document Signed</b> 


(1837-1910) Commissioned 2nd lieutenant, 31st New York Infantry, January 2, 1862; 1st lieutenant, May 9, 1862; captain, A.A.G., March 11, 1863; major, A.A.G., July 15, 1864; brevet lieutenant colonel, January 23, 1865; brevet colonel and brigadier general, March 13, 1865. Cited for gallantry during the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Va., and Monocacy, Md. King served on the staffs of Generals' Calvin E. Pratt, Henry D. Terry, James B. Ricketts, Christopher C. Augur, and Winfield S. Hancock respectively.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 6 3/4 x 9, imprint, signed in ink. 


Head-Quarters, Middle Military Department 

Baltimore, June 29th, 1866 


Special Orders, No. 129 


1. Leave of absence is hereby granted the following named officer:


1st Lieutenant George B. Rodney, 4th United States Artillery, for ten (10) days.


2. The men on detached service at these Headquarters will be mustered for pay tomorrow, June 30th, by Brevet Lieutenant Colonel H.H. Bingham, Judge Advocate, 1t 11 o'clock, A.M. 


By command of Major General W.S. Hancock


ADAM E. KING

Assistant Adjutant General


OFFICIAL:

Adam E. King

Assistant Adjutant General


Signed in ink by King. Staining at bottom of the document.


George B. Rodney, enlisted on April 24, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Heavy Artillery. He was mustered out on August 5, 1861. On August 5, 1861, he was commissioned 1st lieutenant, 4th U.S. Light Artillery. Promoted to captain by brevet on December 31, 1862, for Stone River, Tenn.; and major by brevet on September 20, 1863, for gallantry in the battle of Chickamauga, Ga.


Henry H. Bingham, Awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the battle of the Wilderness, Va.


Wounded three times during the war!


(1841-1912) Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he graduated from Jefferson College in 1862. He enlisted on Aug. 22, 1862, and was commissioned 1st Lieutenant, in the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry, and was soon promoted to Captain, on Sept. 9, 1862. During the battle of Gettysburg, in July 1863, he was serving as Judge Advocate on the staff of General Winfield S. Hancock, when he was wounded on July 2nd. The next day he witnessed Pickett's Charge, from a position near the "Angle" where the Confederates reached what is now called the "High Water Mark." He received the personal effects from Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead, whoo lie mortally wounded, and carried the sad news to General Hancock, Armistead's dear friend from before the war. Bingham was a Mason, as was Armistead, and the story of how he provided assistance to his dying fellow Mason, was used in Masonic literature. Today, near the Gettysburg National Cemetery, is a monument which is titled, "Friend to Friend," which depicts Captain Henry H. Bingham, assisting General Lewis A. Armistead. During the battle of the Wilderness, on May 6, 1864, Bingham rallied and led into action a portion of the troops who had given way under fierce Confederate assaults, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his conspicuous bravery. On May 12, 1864, at the battle of Spotsylvania, Va., he was wounded for the second time during the war, and he was wounded for the third time on April 7, 1865, at Farmville, Va. He was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General, on April 9, 1865. Bingham was appointed postmaster of Philadelphia, by President Andrew Johnson, in March 1867, and served until December 1872. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1872 though 1900, and was elected United States Congressman in 1878, and served until his death. In Congress, he served as Chairman of the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, and on the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department.

   A neat item simply as a Civil War era personal item or period medical component, the bottle collector will quickly recognize the rare embossing variation <B>E. HARTSHORN & SON</B> [singular] /<B> ESTABLISHED 1850</B> / <B>BOSTON, MASS</B> instead of the usual <I> E HARTSHORN & SONS</I> [plural with a reverse order of: ] <I>BOSTON MASS. - ESTABLISHED 1850</I> as seen on these bottles. (The only such variation example we have found.)  Likely an important feature with respect to desirability for the bottle collector, though as Civil War era collectors we were most pleased with the presence of the original label.   Dr. Edward Hartshorn was born in Gloucester, Mass. 1817 and graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1840.  After practicing medicine for some time Dr. Hartshorn turned his attention to pharmaceuticals taking his sons aboard each in turn as they reached the age of majority.   The bottle is in pleasing condition and the label, as you can see remains in excellent condition.  A neat display item! As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Lord collection - post Civil War - Veter $95.00

 

mid to late 1700s through early 1800s K $65.00

 

Autograph, General Adam E. King $25.00

 

E. HARTSHORN & SON / ESTABLISHED 1850 $65.00




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